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Jackie Kemph

School

Saint Louis University

Position
Point Guard
Major
Accounting (master's)

Classroom

Jackie Kemph already has earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, graduating summa cum laude with a 3.90 grade-point average, and is pursuing a master’s degree in accounting. She was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as a sophomore, an Atlantic 10 Conference All-Academic choice as a sophomore and junior, and a member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.5 semester GPA) in each of her first six semesters. Kemph is a member of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa and the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. She received a John Cook School of Business Excellence Award last spring.

Character

“Jackie Kemph is the most complete student-athlete I have ever coached. She is an extremely intelligent, talented, competitive and hard-working young woman who does whatever it takes to succeed in all areas of her life. Despite her many accomplishments on and off the court, she remains as she was when she came to us as a freshman – a humble, considerate, caring, supportive teammate who realizes that the group is far greater than any individual, even an individual who has won more accolades than any player in our program’s history and will leave as the best player ever to wear a Saint Louis women’s basketball jersey. While proud of her many achievements, she is totally unaffected by them. It is this quality that makes her the outstanding leader and ambassador she is for our women’s basketball program, our athletics department and our university.” – SLU Head Coach Lisa Stone

Community

Kemph has been an integral part of Saint Louis women’s basketball’s extensive community-service outreach. She has served as a mentor at Bryan Hill Elementary – the team’s “adopted” school – and in the local Girls on the Run program. She has visited patients and families at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in addition to playing and interacting with children in St. Louis’ Special Needs Soccer Association. Kemph also has helped make blankets, written notes for local hospice patients and has helped local residents with gardening as part of SLU’s Make A Difference Day.

Competition

Kemph was selected the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior, and she became the first SLU women’s basketball player to earn All-America plaudits (Associated Press honorable mention) in her sophomore season as she helped the Billikens win their first-ever conference championship. As a junior, she was named to the Naismith Trophy and Nancy Lieberman Award (best point guard) watch lists, earned a place on the A-10 Championship All-Tournament team and led SLU to a second consecutive WNIT berth. Kemph was an A-10 All-Rookie pick as a freshman, and she has garnered eight A-10 Player of the Week awards. She already owns Saint Louis’ career assists record, is on pace to easily set school records for career points and career free throws made, and is among the program’s top 10 in career 3-point field goals. Kemph began her senior season as the NCAA Division I active leader in career assists average. She has finished among the nation’s top six in assist average and has set the SLU season record for assists in each of the past two seasons.